Orlando New Years

It has been such a fun week! We caught our flight on Wednesday morning early and with layovers in Salt Lake City where we were joined by Sara and her family then a fast stop in Atlanta. Thank goodness our gate for the flight to Orlando was close. A layover of 30 minutes is just not enough in my mind. We did make it though!

After arriving in Orlando we grabbed something to eat as the kids were starving. Well to be honest I think we were all starving. Chuy’s was awesome! Delicious Tex-Mex food and I highly recommend them. I had the #3 combo. Yummy! Chuy’s Website We got to the Castle a bit before 7 pm and yes it is as cool as it sounds. Over 14,000 sq ft of fun including a heated pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a Game Center, five full suites, secret passages and a theater that blew my mind. The screen was like 14′ wide. The guys were totally in geek mode exploring with the kids. Sara and I went to the store for groceries lol. We got back and joined everyone at the pool for some late night fun.

The bedroom wasn’t too bad either. Although I have never seen a bathroom that big, I swear our whole master suite at home would have fit in that bathroom. The bed was so comfortable.

Thursday we made a big breakfast and the guys took the older kids to Universal Studios. The younger kids watched a movie, Sara played the piano for awhile. She is very good. She played Claire de Lune one of my all time loved songs. Here is the link Claire de Lune We filled the afternoon with a long run and just talked and relaxed. We joined the park goers for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The kids thought it was so cool! The Littles had never been. Tees and souvenirs for all plus plenty of fun till late at Universal Studios. When we got back to the Castle the guys wanted to watch a movie! I fell asleep but somehow ended up in bed so I guess all ended well.

Friday was a day at the Castle. Slept in, guilted Sara into running with me, played games, watched a double feature of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 and 2 plus had a big BBQ and more pool time. Dinner was soooooo good. I ate so much but so worth it. Sara didn’t think coming into their room and dragging her out of bed was fair. No such rules had been called so yeah I did and I got away with it. 😇

Saturday we slept in then ate lunch before heading to Disney World. Spent the day at Hollywood Studios playing. We had dinner at House of Blues. Yeah we like music and burgers so it is always a favorite. After dinner and some shopping caught a few more attractions until late.

Today we were up early for church. I will admit it was pretty hard to get up but we made it…barely. We have six pianists in our group and the Castle has a beautiful baby grand and we had a piano concert after sacrament. Sara and the kids each prepared a number and WOW it was one of the highlights this week. I loved it! We made Philly Cheesesteaks and soup shots for lunch. It was fun and the soup shots were new. Never had done that but we had a bunch of shot glasses here so we made up something new! Tonight we are headed back to Disney World and will spend time in the Magic Kingdom. Frontierland has a big dance we plan on going to and I am sure will embarrass the kids lol. At midnight a huge fireworks show that I have heard is spectacular.

Tomorrow we plan to chill and watch College Football. Roll Tide! Fajitas, chicken wings, chips & salsa plus a chocolate fountain with strawberries, vanilla wafers, Oreos, bananas and cinnamon bears. I am really looking forward to tonight and tomorrow but always as a trip is coming to a close the excitement of returning to the Homestead grows. This road is a quiet one. We don’t get much traffic and when it snows it is pretty impossible to get anywhere without four wheel drive. This road is where my heart is. This is my home and the place everyone always comes back to. It is where my greatest Joy is. I am excited for 2018 and hope you find Joy in the coming year no matter where your road leads. Happy New Year!

Cape Cod Spring Break 

The week is coming to a close.  It has been so much fun to spend time with family and friends.  Tonight as I prepare to sleep one more night in this amazing bed I am feeling so much gratitude.  Time with those you love is precious.  We have had an adventure this week!  The kids were so excited to go some where new.  We were a little worried about the weather as this time of the year can be unpredictable in March.  The bonus though is no crowds.  Our best bets for good weather were Tuesday and Thursday based on the forecasts.  After getting in Monday evening we had no food and barely got out in time for some dinner.  Restaurants and shops close early tbis time of year in Cape Cod.  We found this place in Orleans called Sir Cricket’s Fish & Chips.  Here is a pic of the menu.


The fish and chips were amazing.  Even though they were closing at 8 pm they let us finish up eating.  I Totally recommend this place the next time your in Cape Cod.  

Tuesday we had a sunny and warm day that broke 50 degrees.  Totally felt warmer with the sun, not warm enough for swimming, but we did go tour the area in and around Orleans after lunch.  We even went down on a couple of beaches.  


The kids loved the fishing boats and the docks.  It was just incredible to see so much history.  Every where you went were buildings that were from the 1800s.  I am sure some were even older.  We had stocked up on groceries for the week on Tuesday morning.  Jen and I were up and at the store early early!  Made it back and had breakfast made before most everyone was up.  Honestly getting up two days in a row that early was brutal.  On Tuesday night we had a feast.  Bought several kinds of steaks plus chicken to BBQ and made potatoes and carrots Hobo style on the grill in tinfoil.  We even grilled some corn on the cob, even frozen corn on the cob tastes amazing grilled with butter and seasoning.  I tried to stay up to watch a movie but I didn’t make it.  Keith got me in bed somehow.  🙂  

Wednesday I finally got to sleep in.  Rain was expected but never fell.  It was cloudy and cooler all day though.  Kids watched movies, we played cards and I think most everyone got a nap in.  I even had time to get a little reading in.  I had a great view of the water.  
Thursday we had our second adventure day planned.  The weather was a bit chilly and we had two options, going out to Nantucket or up the Arm.  We decided on the Arm mainly because if the weather went bad we didn’t want to be trapped out on an Island.  In driving up the coast we saw Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.  It was just spectacular.  I cannot even imagine what it must be like in the Summer.  



Beautiful beautiful is all I can say.  I am in love with this place and want to visit often. We had lunch in Provincetown at a place called The Squealing Pig.  I kid you not.  


Pretty quiet day for the shops and restaurants.  I think they were excited to see us.  Definitely treated us like VIPs.  This is another place I would highly recommend.  Great menu and service and so New England.  We had such a fun drive.  At Wellfleet on the way up we got off the main road and took Old County Road up along the inside of the Arm.  Driving through these quiet, almost deserted neighborhoods was surreal.  I think many of these homes sit vacant in the winter and many of these homes are older than the oldest buildings in Utah by decades.  

Friday we had another relaxing day.  It rained most of today so I got a nap in and started dinner around 4.  I made one of my most popular dinners for everyone.  Chicken Enchiladas.  With 9 of us I had to do make double because it’s a popular dish.  There was none left!  Jen made her Key Lime Pie and it was delicious.  

A few highlights of this trip I loved the most.  I got to run 3 mornings and the air you could almost taste.  More humid and at sea level I just felt I could run forever.  I had to will myself back.  The bed was I think the best I have ever slept in.  Maybe it was just the experience being here and everything just felt perfect.  The property sits on a point surrounded by 900′ of private beach which unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy fully, but stlll made for a great walk and views of the bay.  There is a large flag pole behind the house visible to anyone out in the bay.  There was an American Flag in the house with a book and an invitation to hang the flag each day and recommended a couple of stories about the history of Old Glory in this book.  We accepted the challenge and it was a treasure I don’t think I will ever forget.  The kids got to raise and lower the flag each day and we learned several things.  So much sacrifice has been made for our Freedom.  I took some time to write in the guest book tonight and leave our gratitude.  I honestly think this has been one of those most memorable Spring Breaks we have ever had.  Tomorrow we head back to the Homestead in Idaho.  It has been a good week.  Scones and hot chocolate in the morning before we leave.  #CapeCodIsAwesome 

Home for a Day

Some times there is a lot going on.  March 2017 has been one of those times.  I slept in my own bed last night here at the Homestead and I will again tonight before Keith and I take the kids on a Spring Break adventure.  This year is a bit different.  Some years we go to Zions or Disneyland or Sundance or Park City or even the Staycation a couple of times.  Last Fall I went hunting for retreat properties for my clients.  We found a couple, but one destination I just fell in love with.  It is in a little place called Orleans on the East shores of Cape Cod.  We probably are not going to be enjoying Spring weather like Utah has blessed us with, but the kids are excited and we will enjoy our little cottage and private beach with friends for a few days.  Sometimes the point of vacation is to enjoy somewhere new and to experience the excitement of coming home.  So today we pack, we enjoy church, we watch some NCAA tourney basketball and we cherish a day at home together because no matter where we go and what we see home is where I long to be.   ❤

Widow’s Walk overlooking the Atlantic.  It is a spectacular view. 

The private beach although I don’t think it will be this warm.  It is snowing there today.  

Ninjaz

Okay where to begin.  We got to Dallas on Thursday and were ready for some Texas BBQ.  Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke was the destination and it was incredible!  I still am of the opinion Texas has the best BBQ on the planet.  I just love great food, great company and a great atmosphere.  It makes for the best of nights plus to add happiness I had a good day with my bracket picks.  I am leading the family bracket or was through most of yesterday.  The boys have a hard time coping with that lol.  Friday was the big day.  I slept in till around 8:30 then went for a nice long run.  The weather is beautiful.  For a late breakfast we went to Cracker Barrell.  I get totally abused by family and friends when we go out for breakfast.  They ALWAYS steal my bacon!  I know it’s not cool.  So I have learned to order extra.  I also figured out you can make deals for your bacon.  I got a dozen extra slices for $12!  Way cheaper than ordering extra sides.  The Men were happy and I got my own bacon with my French Toast.  After our late breakfast we finally saw Logan.  I had heard it was really good but they nailed it.  Five Stars.  

So as some of you may know I have been waiting forever for the Graceland Ninjaz concert.  I even booked airline tickets last month thinking it was in February.  Just crazy excited for this concert!  We left early because Friday night rush hour in Dallas can be challenging.  Got to the House of Blues and ordered appetizers, virgin drinks and food.  This group is so fun live.  This was my third show and they always are entertaining.  Got to dance and we got to go down front near the stage.  Ha I probably acted drunk but I was just having fun.  Wild night for sure.  We really want the Ninjaz to come to Zion.  Monday off to Cape Cod Orleans for Spring Break.  The kids are very excited,  


The Yard House

Friday afternoon and evening have been a blast!  We got back to Honolulu about 12:15.  Grabbed some lunch then went to play with some dolphins!  They truly must be some of the most intelligent creatures God has created.  Maybe it’s just my imagination but I swear when they saw me they were knew it was me.  I got such a warm reception and they had so much to say.  I even met some of their friends.  It was fun to swim and play and get kisses.  Jack is a very confident dolphin 🐬.  Chip is talkative and playful.  My friend couldn’t stop laughing.  I had to tell them about my kids and promise them we would be visiting again this Summer.  Regarding dolphins.  Best. Experience. Ever!  Do it, just do it!  We said our goodbyes and after getting cleaned up and a short nap went out to this place called the Yard House for dinner.  I had a pepper crusted filet with parmesan mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots.  For dessert we ordered the mini trio sampler of crème brûlée, peach apple cobbler and chocolate soufflé cake.  We also ordered the fresh baked mint chocolate chip brownie with caramel and toasted coconut ice cream.  We just shared it all so no guilt, we earned the desserts this week.  The Yard House is another Wakiki Angie approved destination.  It’s now 9:20 and I’m heading back to my family in the morning.  I am so looking forward to seeing them.